Monday, 26 January 2015

Napoleon Review (Australia Day 2015) (Updated)


Release Date: 26th December 1996 - Australia

Production Companies
Adelaide Motion Picture Company
Australia Film Finance Corporation
Film Australia
Fuji Television Network (in association with)
Furry Feature Films
Herald Ace
Nippon Herald Films (in association with)
Pacific Link Communications Japan
Pony Canyon (in association with)
The Samuel Goldwyn Company

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 81 minutes

Budget: A$4,300,000

Box Office Gross: $2,051,855

Plot Summary
Napoleon, a 10 week old
puppy, dreams of adventure
and fancies himself as a
conquering warrior. He
hears the call of the wild
and yearns to be free and
fearless. Napoleon gets more
than he bargained for when
he is carried aloft in a
makeshift air balloon and
into unknown territory.

Embarking on a journey
that will turn any pup into
a warrior, Napoleon dares
to go where no pup has
gone before; roaming
across the barren Australian
desert; confronting
dangerous enemies;
discovering unknown land
and meeting some great
friends on the way.

Voice Cast
Jamie Croft - Napoleon
Phillip Quast - Birdo
Carole Skinner - Cat
Olivia Hack - Nancy
Ashley Malenger - Sid
Frank Whitten - Koala
Brenton Whittle - Owl/Various
Anne Louise-Lambert - Spider/
David Argue - Frill Necked Lizard/
Steven Vidler - Snake/Various
Susan Lyons - Napoleon's Mum/
Other Wallaby
Edward McQueen-Mason - Echidna
Stuart Pankin - Perenti Lizard
Mignon Kent - Nancy
Michael Wilkop - Sid
Fiona Press - Mother Dingo
Barry Humphries - Kangaroo
Casey Siemaszko - Conan
Joan Rivers - Mother Penguin
Stuart Pankin - Father Penguin

Writer/Producer/Director - Mario 
Writer/Producer - Michael Bourcher
Writer/Producer: The Samuel Goldwyn
Company/Lyricist - Mark Saltzman
Additional Written Material - Steve J.
Spears and Ivan Menchell
Producer: Herald Ace - Naonori
Animal Trainer - Luke Hera
Dog & Bird Handler/Trainer -
The Cuong Truong
Animal Consultant - Evanne Cheeson
Dog Consultant - Barbara Moore
Production Designer - Vicki Niehus
Cinematography - Roger Dowling
Sound Designers - James Currie and Craig Carter
Editor/Post-Production Supervisor -
Edward McQueen-Mason
Music Supervisor - John Boylan
Music - Bill Conti

Another obscure movie I have seen in my childhood, I decided to revisit the Aussie family-oriented adventure NAPOLEON. After seeing this old feature about a young pup journeying through adventure and peril; my impression was an appreciation of its cinematography which was shot mostly in the Australian landscapes in South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Sadly, with all of this direction that had sophisticatedly and captured the local scenery and setting which could have been more worthy if it was a nature film, but it was let down by the low production value and inability to match the standards of its rival movies such as BABE. It is not like the two BABE films because it didn't need any lip movements through mechanical or CGI effects which is just simplistic old-fashioned filmmaking.

I was taken aback by the songs which don't mean much to me due to the lyrics which were crafted to appeal to child audiences rather than the adults. Although I did like few of its numbers which just feel like a breath of fresh air, "How High I'll Fly" and “My Hills to Climb”. Then comes its unresolved cliff-hanger ending which I would think is a bit too nightmarish for children that they just weren't ready for. It surprises me that ending of the film has left an opportunity for a sequel, it never happened and might have been due to the low grosses at its box office charts. I was delighted that Barry Humphries was recording one of the voices and doing his Dame Edna Everage impression as a kangaroo.

Always remember that NAPOLEON is decent enough to watch despite having the most obvious deficiencies. It would be my advice for the parents to skip the last scene for some kiddies, if you wish to avoid any more frightening scenes.

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie

Friday, 23 January 2015

My Seventh Important Message

G'day, it's Film Guru Lad and I do apologise for writing these spelling errors in my recent and old reviews unless if you have not looked into a few of them and I repaired the mistakes again with adding words like 'I've forgotten to mention about", re-wording and a few other changes that I made. These reviews are apparently listed down below as you click at all the names of the films that were linked to their posts.

In addition to the minor upgrades in my reviews, I've also specifically installed an application of a list showing ten of my popular posts which has gained the most tremendous of page-views and be sure to have the time to check on these reviews, if you already been or have already commented them. 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Dumb and Dumber To Review (Updated)

Dumb and Dumber To

Release Date: 8th January 2015 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures (presents)
Red Granite Pictures (presents)
New Line Cinema (in association with)
Conundrum Entertainment

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 109 minutes

Budget: $40,000,000

Box Office Gross: $169,837,010

Plot Summary
In need of a new kidney and
having learned that he has a
long-lost daughter, dimwit
Harry Dunne snaps his equally
cretinous pal, Lloyd Christmas
out of an apparent fugue state
to accompany him on a
journey to find her. The witless
wonders criss-cross the country
using whatever mode of
transportation they can find,
ultimately arriving at the one
place on Earth where they least
belong: a summit of the world's
brilliant minds.

Jim Carrey - Lloyd Christmas
Jeff Daniels - Harry Dunne
Laurie Holden - Adele Pinchelow
Rob Higgins - Travis/Captain Lippincott
Kathleen Freeman - Fraida Felcher
Steve Tom - Dr. Pinchelow
Rachel Melvin - Penny Pinchelow
Paul Blackthorne - Dr. Meldman
Brady Bluhm - Bill
Dalton Gray - Young Harry
Michael Yama - Harry's Dad
Nancy Yee - Harry's Mom
Bill Murray - Ice Pick (Cameo)

Based on Characters/Writers/Producers/
Directors - Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Based on Characters/Writer -
Bennett Yellin
Writers - Sean Anders, John Morris
and Mike Ceronne
Producers - Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland
and Bradley Thomas
Production Designer - Aaron Osborne
Cinematography - Matthew F. Leonetti
Film Editor - Steven Rasch
Music - Empire of the Sun

Years ago after having my blog set up to the web, one of the first movies I reviewed besides two of the TRON series is the mid 1990s' smash hit comedy DUMB AND DUMBER (click here). Unknown to me personally is that many people consider it the best film of the genre and together it brought the faces of Jim Carrey and directors of the Farrelly brothers to the public. I would never have expected five years from now the sequel of DUMB AND DUMBER reuniting original cast Carrey and Jeff Daniels to dazzle the fans once more. I never bothered to watch DUMB AND DUMBERER as the critics gave it a disappointing review and I did not want my opinion of my favourite comedy tarnished, also not having the original directors involvement, I feel would be detrimental to this kind of film because the primary element of the film is not having the creators ideas and not following faithfully to the original.

I didn't care much for some of the gags and jokes in DUMB AND DUMBER TO which were just cheap and delivered in too much obscenity. It retains some good doses of its comedic tradition and belly-laughter to please some of the audiences. It's been twenty years since Jim and Jeff had once played the two hilarious idiotic characters in the original but first instalment, the two have not lost their touch and still deliver their stellar and often comical roles. Unfortunately their performances could not save the movie of its mediocre input along with Bill Murray's barely noticeable guest appearance. 

I guess the Farrelly brothers team are not the comical geniuses like they used to be in much of their early years with movies like the first DUMB AND DUMBER as a magnum opus of their comedy routine. They should have spent more time on the writing as this sequel is very average-r. Hopefully, they'll improve this comedic saga with a third and then I can say that DUMB AND DUMBER THEE has totally redeemed itself!

Star rating: (5/10) Average

Monday, 19 January 2015

87th Academy Awards

87th Academy Awards 

Broadcast Date: February 2015 - Australia

Greetings, film enthusiasts and critics
everywhere, once again the official
nominees for the 2015 Academy
Awards has been announced. The
ceremony will be hosted by famed
movie and television actor, four-time
Emmy Award winner Neil Patrick Harris.

Although I wasn't hit hard that 'The
Lego Movie' has been left out the
ballot for the Best Animated Feature group award and though most movie-goers are displeased with this exclusion. But I think the real truth behind it is that the Oscar adjudicators thought that the feature isn't fully animated enough to be received by that award.

Also, the more coming surprise happened in the best animated category is 'Big Hero 6', I've heard all the great things about the movie and it's happened for me unexpectedly that I didn't get to watch it. I have felt so hard on not watching a full-length animation made by Disney since I largely ignored 'Frozen' of seeing it and most of the blokes that don't like Disney princesses would soon find it overrated. Naturally, if 'Big Hero 6' gets a win on the Oscar, it will mark the second time for the Disney animation studio since 'Frozen'.

Click on the link "" and which name of the film or group that you want to vote for!

Best Visual Effects

Captain America: The Winter Solider - Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl,
Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon
Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
Guardians of the Galaxy - Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi,
Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
Interstellar - Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter
and Scott Fisher
X-Men: Days of Future Past - Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora,
Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

Best Film Editing

American Sniper - Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
Boyhood - Sandra Adair
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game - William Goldenberg
Whiplash - Tom Cross

Best Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Milena Canonero
Inherent Vice - Mark Bridges
Into the Woods - Colleen Atwood
Maleficent - Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
Mr. Turner - Jacqueline Durran

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Foxcatcher - Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Frances Hannon and 
Mark Coulier 
Guardians of the Galaxy - Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiu 
and David White

Best Cinematography

Birdman - Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Robert Yeoman
Ida - Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczweski 
Mr. Turner - Dick Pope
Unbroken - Roger Deakins

Best Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Adam Stouckhasen 
(Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
The Imitation Game - Maria Djurkovic (Production 
Design); Tatania MacDonald (Set Decoration)
Interstellar - Nathan Crowley (Production Design); 
Gary Fettis (Set Decoration)
Into the Woods - Dennis Gassner (Production 
Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
Mr. Turner - Suzie Davis (Production Design); 
Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration)

Best Sound Mixing

American Sniper - John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff 
and Walt Martin
Birdman - Jon Taylor, Frank A Montaño and 
Thomas Varga
Interstellar - Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker 
and Mark Weingarten
Unbroken - Jon Taylor, Frank A Montaño and 
David Lee
Whiplash - Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and 
Thomas Curley

Best Sound Editing

American Sniper - Alan Robert Murray and 
Bub Asman
Birdman - Martin Hernádez and Aaron Glascock
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - 
Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
Interstellar - Richard King
Unbroken - Becky Sullivan and Andrew 

Best Original Song

"Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie - 
Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson: 
performed by Tegan & Sara and Lonely Island
"Glory" from Selma John Legend and Common
"Grateful" from Beyond the Lights Music and 
Lyric by Diane Warren: performed by Rita Ore
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell: 
I'll Be Me - Glen Campbell
"Lost Stars" from Begin Again Music and Lyric 
by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois: 
performed by Adam Levine and Keira Knightley

Best Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Alexandre Desplat
The Imitation Game - Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar - Hans Zimmer
Mr. Turner - Gary Yershon 
The Theory of Everything - Jóhann Jóhannson

Best Animated Short Film

The Bigger Picture - Daisy Jacobs and Christopher 
The Dam Keeper - Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
Feast - Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
Me and My Moulton - Torrill Kove
A Single Life - Joris Oprins

Best Live Action Short Film

Aya - Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
Boogaloo and Graham - Michael Lennox and 
Ronan Blaney
Butter Lamp (La Lampe au beurre de yak) 
Hu Wei and Julien Féret
Parvaneh - Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan 
The Phone Call - Mat Kirkby and James 

Best Documentary - Short Subject

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 - Ellen Goosenberg 
Kent and Dana Perry
Joanna - Aneta Kopacz
Our Curse - Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki 
The Reaper (La Parka) - Gabriel Serra Arguello
White Earth - J. Christian Jensen

Best Documentary - Feature

Citizenfour - Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefey and 
Dirk Wilutsky
Finding Vivian Maier - John Maloof and Charlie 
The Salt of the Earth - Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick
Salgado and David Rosier
Virunga - Orlando von Eisensiedel and Joanna 

Best Foreign Language Film 

Ida (Poland) in Polish - Pawel Pawlikowski
Leviathan (Russia) in Russian - Andrey Zyvinagintsev
Tangerines (Estonia) in Estonian - ZaZa Urushadze
Timbuktu (Mauritania) in French - Abderrahmane Sissako
Wild Tales (Argentina) in Spanish - Damián Szifrón

Best Animated Feature Film

Big Hero 6 - Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
The Boxtrolls - Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annabele 
and Andrew Knight
How to Train Your Dragon 2 - Dean DeBlois and 
Bonnie Arnold
Song of the Sea - Tomm Moore and Paul Young
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya - Isao Takahata and 
Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper - Jason Hall from American Sniper 
Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
The Imitation Game - Graham Moore from Alan Turing: 
The Enigma - Andrew Hodges
Inherent Vice - Paul Thomas Anderson from Inherent 
Vice - Thomas Pynchon
The Theory of Everything - Anthony McCarten from 
Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen - Jane 
Wilde Hawking
Whiplash - Danielle Chazelle from his short film of 
the same name

Best Writing - Original Screenplay

Birdman - Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárittu, Nicólas 
Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and 
Armando Bo
Boyhood - Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher - E. Max Eyre and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson
and Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler - Dan Gilroy

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette - Boyhood as Olivia Evans
Laura Dern - Wild as Barbara "Bobbi" Grey
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game as Joan 
Emma Stone - Birdman as Sam Thomson
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods as The Witch

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall - The Judge as Judge Joseph Palmer
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood as Mason Evans, Sr.
Edward Norton - Birdman as Mike Shiner
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher as Dave Schultz
J. K. Simmons - Whiplash as Terence Fletcher

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night as Sandra Bya
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything as Jane 
Julianne Moore - Still Alice as Dr. Alice Howland
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl as Amy Elliott-Dunne
Reese Witherspoon - Wild as Cheryl Strayed

Best Actor

Steve Carrell Foxcatcher as John du Pont
Bradley Cooper - American Sniper as Chris Kyle
Benedict Cumberbatch -  The Imitation Game as 
Alan Turing
Michael Keaton - Birdman as Riggan Thomson
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything as
Stephen Hawking

Best Director

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárittu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game

Best Picture

American Sniper - Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz,
Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan
Birdman - Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárittu, John Lesher
and James W. Skotchdopole
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, 
Steven M. Rales and Jeremy Dawson
The Imitation Game - Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky 
and Teddy Schwarzman
Selma - Christian Colson, Oprah Winfey, Dede Gardner 
and Jeremy Kleiner
The Theory of Everything - Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, 
Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten
Whiplash - Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and 
David Lancaster

Academy Honorary Awards

Jean-Claude Carriere 
Hayao Miyazaki
Maureen O'Hara

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Harry Belafonte

Monday, 12 January 2015

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Release Date: 26th December 2014 - Australia

Production Companies
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
New Line Cinema
WingNut Films

Roadshow Distribution 

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M
Runtime: 144 minutes

Budget: $250,000,000

Box Office Gross: $956,019,788

Plot Summary
Having reclaimed Erebor
and vast treasure from the
dragon Smaug, Thorin
Oakenshield sacrifices
friendship and honour in
seeking the Arkenstone,
despite Smaug's fiery wrath
and desperate attempts by
the Hobbit Bilbo to make
him see reason.

Meanwhile Sauron sends
legions of Orcs in a sneak
attack upon the Lonely
Mountain. As the fate of
Middle Earth hangs in the
balance, the races of Men,
Elves and Dwarves must
decide whether to unite and
prevail -- or all die.

Martin Freeman - Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen - Gandalf the Grey
Benedict Cumberbatch - Smaug
/The Necromancer (Voice)
Orlando Bloom - Legolas
Evangeline Lilly - Tauriel
Luke Evans - Bard the Bowman
Stephen Fry - Master of Laketown
Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
Christopher Lee - Saruman
Hugo Weaving - Elrond
Ian Holm - Old Bilbo Baggins
Sylvester McCoy - Radagast the Brown
Manu Bennett - Azog the Defier
Lee Pace - Thandruil
John Tui - Bolg

The Company of Dwarves
Richard Armitage - Thorin
Graham McTavish - Dwalin
Ken Stott - Balin
Aidan Turner - Kili
Dean O'Gorman - Fili
Mark Hadlow - Dori
Jed Brophy - Nori
Adam Brown - Ori
John Callen - Oin
Peter Hambleton - Gloin
William Kircher - Bifur
James Nesbitt - Bofur
Stephen Hunter - Bombur
Billy Connolly - Dain

Screenplay/Producer/Director -
Peter Jackson
Based on Novel "The Hobbit" -
J. R. R. Tolkien
Screenplay/Producer - Fran Walsh
Screenplay/Co-Producer - Phillippa Boyens
Screenplay/Project Consultant - Guillermo del Toro
Producer - Carolynne Cunningham
Producer/Unit Production Manager - Zane Wiener
Co-Producer - Eileen Moran
Production Designer - Dan Hennah
Conceptual Designers - John Howe & Alan Lee 
Costume Designers - Bob Buck and Ann Maskrey
Director of Photography - Andrew Lesnie
Stunt Coordinator - Glenn Boswell
Visual Effects Supervisors - Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon
and R. Christopher White
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital - Matt Aitken
Film Editor - Jabez Olssen
Music - Howard Shore

Splendid and outstanding, it all comes down to THE HOBBIT prequel trilogy with its closure of THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES. Finally, the wait is over for the conclusion of the popular and yet extremely faithful series adaptation of the true first LOTR adventure by J. R. R. Tolkien and I was intrigued with the pacing of the film which has a good balance of story with action, visible CGI and heartbreak. I also enjoyed the way the movie concluded in that it ends precisely where FELLOWSHIP begins and flows nicely. The same cannot be said for the ending of THE RETURN OF THE KING (TROTK) as I said in the review for this film, there were some time filling scenes that bogged down the story's conclusion. The battle sequences are elaborate and often endless to contain emotion that couldn't be seen in the film's two predecessors.

Still performing in the trilogy are the figurative cast of actors include Martin Freeman as the young version of Bilbo which I've forgotten to mention about him in two of my previous HOBBIT critiques. I almost didn't recognise Luke Evans when I first saw his character in the second addition until I looked at the cast description and he has proved his ability to play both a man that is noble and a man that is evil as is the case with his villain character in FAST & FURIOUS 6 (click here).

This might be the last of the hugely adapted and acclaimed fantasy series from director Peter Jackson, THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES is excellent enough to captivate one person or another into seeing it along with the trilogy's first two chapters!

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Review (Updated)

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Release Date: 28th April 1994 - Australia

Production Companies
Morgan Creek Productions

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 87 minutes

Budget: $15,000,000

Box Office Gross: $107,217,396

Plot Summary
To be a Pet Detective, you
have to understand both
the criminals and animals.
Ace Ventura goes even
further... He behaves like a
criminal animal. When a
football team's mascot (a
dolphin) is stolen just
before the Super Bowl, Ace
Ventura is put on the case.
Now, who would want to
steal a dolphin, and why?

Jim Carrey - Ace Ventura
Courtney Cox - Melissa Robinson
Sean Young - Lt. Lois Einhorn
Tone Lōc - Emilio
Dan Marino - Himself
Troy Evans - Roger Podacter
Raynor Scheine - Woodstock
Udo Keir - Ronald Camp
Noble Willingham - Riddle
John Capodice - Sgt. Aguado

Screenplay/Director - Tom Shadyac
Story/Screenplay - Jack Bernstein 
Screenplay - Jim Carrey
Producer - James G. Robinson
Production Designer - William 
Director of Photography - Julio Macat 
Film Editor - Don Zimmerman
Music - Ira Newborn

I originally thought that the first ACE VENTURA movie was just as solid as the other works that featured the funny man Jim Carrey, even the sequel WHEN NATURE CALLS (click here) that I once explored is equally a great chapter. I now find myself a self-confessed fanatical viewer for the comedian and his creative genius of unleashing spontaneous/manic humour and energy into some of his well-known roles. Because of the DUMB & DUMBER sequel that has been released in Australia, I decided to analyse the first instalment and several other Carrey classics (if some are lesser known) in preparation to celebrate the new and latest addition. It was the inception of Jim's career as a talented movie star and in this film, and what a solid beginning to a career indeed. It was truly satisfying in mastering a plot that is both amusing and presenting complex plot twists.

Jim is responsible for shaping and crafting his unique/memorable title character, the one quality that Carrey achieves is in every scene he manages to maintain exceptional humour which can be appealing through a wide market of movie-goers. His co-stars Sean Young and Courtney Cox were competent in their roles but not matching the finesse of Jim. I remember loving the part where Ace disguises himself as a patient in a mental institution.

ACE VENTURA was at the reins as almost one of the greatest top Carrey films of all time which is taken by as the movie DUMB & DUMBER (click here) which shines through as the un-defeated comedy that Carrey is particularly proud of. 

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

Monday, 5 January 2015

Battle for Terra Review

Battle for Terra

Release Date: 1st May 2009 - USA

Production Companies
MeniThings Productions

Genre: Animation

Rating: PG

Runtime: 90 minutes

Budget: $4,000,000

Box Office Gross: $6,129,529

Plot Summary
The beautiful planet of Terra 
was once a peaceful place, 
that was until the humans 
arrived. The last survivors 
from Planet Earth have 
travelled the galaxy looking 
for a new home and have 
launched an invasion to 
ensure Terra is it. It will take 
a miracle and the budding 
friendship between a local 
girl and a downed human 
pilot to not only stop the 
war but save the planet 

Voice Cast
Evan Rachel Wood - Mala
Justin Long - Senn
Luke Wilson - Lieutenant Jim
Brian Cox - General Hemmer
David Cross - Giddy
Amanda Peet - Maria Montez
Dennis Quaid - Roven
Chris Evans - Stewart Stanton
James Garner - Doron
Danny Glover - President Chen
Mark Hamill - Elder Orin
Ron Perlman - Elder Vorin
Danny Trejo - Elder Barum

Designer/Cinematography - 
Aristomenis Tsirbas
Screenplay - Evan Spiliotopoulos 
Producers - Keith Calder, 
Ryan Colucci, Dane Allan 
Smith and Jessica Wu
Film Editor - J. Kathleen 
Music - Abel Korzeniowski 

Happy new year, possums! I hope you'll forgive me for not publishing the first review at the end of last year, so here is the description, I hope you enjoy it! This movie came out the same year as James Cameron unveiled a moment to his audience of the cinema of what they'll never forget which is known as AVATAR (click here). This is one of the rarest pieces of animation that BATTLE FOR TERRA has faded in obscurity and was scoffed by critics. It is one of these films that simply cannot compete against its similar and aforementioned competitor on the box office. I would like to applaud its pretentious and unique art style that can only be found in various film festivals. TERRA is really a let down and is shaken by the cluttered story-making and brisk pace. The characterisations are interesting in this film; their designs however did lack a sense of realism and detail. The humans look like rejects of a Pixar movie and I'm afraid that they are going to have to look better to get my attention.

Shown in this CG aesthetic, the graphic imagery and ending is rather pleasing alike, but unfortunately, it won't save the movie of its missteps. I find some of the film's vocalisations entirely miscast; this includes Evan Rachel Wood, David Cross, Justin Long and Luke Wilson who did little to bring to these animated characters.

If Pixar's and DreamWorks' executives had gotten a hold of this project, then perhaps this film could have been a bigger and more impacting smash hit. This movie in my opinion came close to stumbling down to an all time low as the worst movie ever; I feel that due to the mediocre factors of TERRA, it should realistically be classified in the status as below average. For those of you who haven't seen BATTLE OF TERRA, I would recommend to you that you give this one a miss.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average